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Brovold, Bill And Larval / Surviving Death / Alive Why?
Album:Surviving Death / Alive Why? Collection:General
Artist:Brovold, Bill And Larval Added:02/2007
Label:Cuneiform Records 

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Add Date:2007-10-07 Pull Date:2007-12-09 
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-09-23 
Prog: High-energy, with solid, infectious beats and a big sound. Insistent and sometimes harsh guitars, but there's also violin, sax ... a rotating cast of characters. Often in 4/4, in a psych-jam way, but with very much a modern prog attitude/energy, mostly bright and upbeat -- you get the sense that these are jazz guys just having some fun. There's also some crazed avant-garde skronk (either sax or guitar); no wonder John Zorn is a fan.

CAST:
Bill Brovold: Guitar, most of the songwriting
Colin Stetson, Jason Stein, John Evans, Luke McAuley, lotsa others: sax
Kurt Zimmerman: Violin
James Ilgenfritz III, others: Bass
Scott Olzak, Marko Smith, Ryan Kush: Drums
& others too numerous to list ...


DISK ONE
1- Gently fast 6/8 shuffle.
2- Catchy two-sax line, a strong midtempo beat. Some breezy guitar interludes.
3- Dramatic swirlings, with piano. Slowish, slightly heavy mood.
4- Really fast guitar scribbles underneath slow, regal prog chords. Takes a couple minutes for a blaring intro. Impressive but gets old after about the 7-minute mark.
5- Whoa: Romantic-classical piano. A serious, pretty piece.
6- Mid/fast, a bit sinister.
7- Quirky, quiet riffs; odd arpeggios. A small piece.
8- Psych attack, into midtempo prog with a straight 4/4 beat. Nice drive without going overboard. Second half gets into a nearly funky 7/8 beat, infectious.
9- Quiet guitar lines amid quietly bleating avant-garde sax. A sense of calm, with disorder in the background.

DISK TWO
1- Faux chamber music, into pulsing chunky guitars.
2- Easy loping feel, over tense violin riffs.
3- Shuffling biker-bar riff.
4- A bright pop-metal feel, mid/fast with saxes
5- Dark menace, mid/fast. Bit of an exotic jangle. Ends quiet.
6- Grinding one-chord vamp. Gets louder, more distrubed, blurry
7- Abrasive, dissonant, fast. Then a quiet guitar break
8- Big sax ensemble, gets anthemic. Slow, kind of pretty.
9- Evil circus/polka march, mid/fast.
10- An upbeat gloom? Creeping mid/fast goth feel.

Track Listing
1.Going Somewhere Else 10.One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
2.It Was A Puny Plan 11.Childish Delusions
3.Scottish Blood 12.Last Ditch
4.Surviving Death 13.Alpha Thejone
5.Hospital Visit 14.Crippled Dance
6.300-Pound Nurse 15.Guitar Trio
7.There's Something Under Her Bed 16.One Last Fight
8.Funk=Sex2 17.Long Lake
9.Last One To Leave 18.Half A Bubble Off Level
 19.Entity